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Biography

I was born in Luxembourg in 1974. I grew up in Bettembourg and Berchem and went to an elementary school in Crauthem. Later on I attended the Lycee Michel Rodange, a college in Luxembourg city.

At age 15 I got my first computer, a Commodore 128D. I wrote several programs and software libraries for the C128, including a GUI and a windowing library, a VIC/VDC converter and a hierarchical file system.

At the age of 17 I bought my first guitar. Soon I played in a first band, somewhat later I played in a college band called "The Backyard". In 1994 I joined the well known local band Pagan Lorn. We released 2 albums, "Black Wedding" in 1996 and "Nihilennium" in 1997.

Around the same time I also started studying graphics design and soon I worked as a freelance designer. I did a large number of covers and booklets for local acts such as Olio Galanti, Fausti, Trei Sei, Ernie Hammes, Buffalo C. Wayne, Born, the Ministry of Education and many, many more.

In 1998 I began working as a teacher in Roeser (Luxembourg).

In 2000 I created my first major software project called OLEFA, which was a Content Management System (CMS) with advanced user and database management features. In 2001 I added wiki and online library management features to OLEFA and used it as backend for our new roeserschool.lu school website. Roeserschool was the first school website in Luxembourg to feature advanced online collaboration features.

In 2002 I co-founded a company named EducDesign which then distributed OLEFA on the education market. The software rapidly became the most popular educational web platform in Luxembourg.

In late 2006 I started a new software project called CorneliOS that's available as free software released under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

In mid 2007 I launched Galaxiki, a wiki galaxy consisting of millions of stars, planets and moons editable by its community members. The project gained great worldwide attention, it was website of the week in Linux Journal USA, website of the day on Yahoo!, About.com, Pocketlint, redOrbit and many more. In 2008 Galaxiki was one of the SEOmoz Web2.0 award winners, it was 2nd in the category games and entertainment. I also did a quite interesting interview with Dave Prowse who portrayed Darth Vader in the original Star Wars movies.

In mid 2008 I left EducDesign after I felt that I was heading into a completely different direction than the rest of the company. Today I'm no longer involved in the current development of OLEFA. After leaving EducDesign in 2008 I returned to my former job as a teacher, this time in Ehlerange (Luxembourg).

Shortly after, the Smithsonian Institute/Washington DC, one of the biggest educational institutions worldwide, reused and published some of my work regarding technology, chip design and computer history.

In late 2008 I started to rebuild my recording studio, which became operational in 2009 and was finalized in 2011/2012. I hope to be able to release first music projects in the near future.

In 2009 I created CIOS, a Perl framework that allows to build collaborative websites and web applications using CorneliOS core technology. In late 2009 I also decided to start working on new educational concepts, the project is called Morzino and it's focusing on new technologies designed for the education market.

In June 2010 I co-founded Joopita Research a.s.b.l, a non-profit organisation focusing on the development of Open Source software and Social Networks. Joopita Research is now responsible for the future development of CorneliOS, CIOS, Galaxiki and further upcoming projects.

On November 15, 2011 we launched oli.lu beta 1.0, an e-learning website that's part of the Morzino project. Beta 1.5 followed in May 2012, and the final version was released a year after.

In September 2016, the Luxembourg Ministry Of Education launched oli.education.lu, its new countrywide e-learning platform for elementary schools. The platform is based on oli.lu, shares most of its features and allows up to 50,000 students to use all of its tools using their standard IAM Login.

Today I'm continuing work on Morzino/oli.lu, at the same time I'm working on several music related projects.
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